How is my Hearing?

Common symptoms of some of the early stages of hearing loss often include:

  • Difficulty hearing conversations, especially in the presence of background noise
  • Frequently asking others to repeat what they have said
  • Misunderstanding what people say – Difficulty hearing on the telephone
  • Requiring the TV or radio volume to be louder than others in the room prefer
  • Feeling that people are mumbling when they are talking
  • Difficulty hearing certain environmental sounds, such as birds chirping
  • Agreeing or nodding your head during conversations when you are not sure what has been said
  • Removing yourself from conversations because it is too difficult to hear
  • Reading lips so you can try to follow what people are saying
  • Straining to hear or keep up with conversations
  • Tinnitus

Warning signs of a more severe or progressive loss may be :

  • Speaking louder than necessary in a conversation.
  • Constantly asking for words to be repeated
  • Straining to hear
  • Misunderstanding conversations
  • Favouring one ear
  • Thinking that people are always mumbling
  • Turning the television or radio up louder than usual
  • Difficulty hearing the telephone
  • Withdrawing from social contact
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears (Tinnitus)
  • Appearing dull or disinterested
  • Being slow to respond

If you find yourself saying “yes” to three or more of the above symptoms then a hearing test may be advisable for you. Hearing loss may be caused by many factors including aging, noise exposure, middle or inner ear infections, and in rarer cases a neurological disorder or tumor. A proper audiological assessment will help to determine if a hearing loss is present, and if so, it’s severity and what treatment options are available. Click here to try our online hearing loss questionnaire.